Chuck Jackson (1962)
Elvis Presley (1969)
Ronnie Milsap (1982)
An early hit for then Brill Building employee Burt Bacharach, ‘Any Day Now’ was a minor hit for soul singer Chuck Jackson back in 1962 with subsequent recordings by Elvis in 1969 as the b-side to one of his comeback smashed ‘In the Ghetto’ and by country singer Ronnie Milsap in 1982, whose version remains the most popular.
Other artists who have recorded the track over the years include James Brown, Scott Walker, Percy Sledge, Frankie Valli, Don Gibson, Luther Vandross and Italian group I Corvi, retitled ‘Bambolina’.
Jackson’s full-throated version, used to great effect in Paul Thomas Anderson’s frustrating 2014 film adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s post-60’s stoner mystery Inherent Vice whose killer soundtrack – including Jonny Greenwood’s elegant orchestral score – manages to suggest undercurrents of melancholia often lost amidst the films pot infused odyssey of deliberately absurd, labyrinthine dead ends.